The Spacious Heart:

Exploring Somatic Bodhichitta Practice

March 30 & 31, 2019 – Vancouver

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The word ‘bodhichitta’ means ‘awake heart’. When we practice bodhichitta, then, we are practicing awake heart. We are deepening our relationship with a heart that is unconditionally open and warm, knowing and responsive. We are, in even broader terms, more fully inhabiting our human inheritance, who we truly are. And we are developing our capacity to bring this inheritance into the world.

The somatic bodhichitta practices of the Dharma Ocean lineage, offer a comprehensive exploration of the human heart. This begins with us developing our connection with the openness of the heart, with its direct, non-conceptual knowing of all that is. This openness – which is also known as ultimate or absolute bodhichitta – will be our focus through these two days together.    

As always, this all-level, all-tradition workshop mixes guided meditation and group discussion. Participants are advised to wear warm, comfortable clothing, and to bring a blanket and mat to lay on. Should participants have a meditation cushion or bench, these are recommended – otherwise, chairs will be available.

The workshop will take place from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm each day, with a 90 minute midday break for lunch, a walk in the neighbourhood or just relaxing.

Participants are advised to wear warm, comfortable clothing, and to bring a blanket and mat to lay on. Should participants have a meditation cushion or bench, these are recommended – otherwise, chairs will be available.

About the Instructor  

Neil McKinlay is a Senior Teacher within the Dharma Ocean lineage. A longtime student of Reggie Ray, Neil draws from his training in the tradition of Chogyam Trungpa to emphasize the accessibility and relevance of meditation in the modern world. Seeing the spiritual journey as an inherent part of the human journey, his teaching style is immediate and personal, always affirming the dignity and wholeness of our lives as they are.

Location:             Bridge & Enrich Lives Society

718 East 20th Ave

(Fraser & E. 20th Ave)

Time:                     9:00 am – 5:00 pm Saturday & Sunday

Meal Breaks:      We will break for 90 minutes each day for lunch.  Please feel free to bring your own meal, if you wish – or take a walk to one of the nearby restaurants in the neighbourhood.

Questions or Special Needs – please contact the coordinators at info@dharmaoceancanada.org

Registration

The cost for the weekend retreat is $150 Cdn.  Please register here.

If you would prefer to make your payment on arrival,  have questions, would like more information, or need assistance with special needs or participation arrangements — please contact us at:  info@dharmaoceancanada.org and we’ll be happy to help you.

Somatic Meditation: The Journey Home

June 6 – June 13, 2019 – Salt Spring Island, BC 

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About the Program

Meditation is a coming home. Through the practice of embodiment, through developing a sense of familiarity with and fidelity to immediate experience, we reconnect with the life we are living and the person we are. The effects of this are considerable.

Under the guidance of senior teacher Neil McKinlay, this week-long retreat will explore the foundational methods of somatic meditation offered by the Dharma Ocean lineage. We will unfold the basic elements of the Somatic Practice of Pure Awareness – one of the simplest and most profound practices of this tradition – and support this experience with walking meditation and periods of silence. With everything during our time together held in the enriching container of community, we will be given opportunities to glimpse – in fact, to touch – the depth and vastness of human life.

As our relationship with this life deepens, we will begin to see our way through the confusion and distraction that so characterize our days. We will start to receive the body’s wisdom without judgement and carry this into the world without agenda. We will further develop our capacity to become beacons of possibility for others in this grand community of being – a true sign we have found our way home.

To view a personal invitation from Neil, guided practises, and registration information, please follow the link below.

Registration

Registration will open in March. To register, visit the Dharma Ocean website  here.